Kailash Manasarover Yatra - 15 Days
Mt. Kailash, 6,740 m. is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with 4 great faces. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion - Bonpo. To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the navel of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from here rivers flow in the four cardinal directions. The River of the Lion Mouth to the North, the River of the Horse Mouth to the east, the River of the Peacock Mouth to the south and the River of the Elephant Mouth to the West. Strangely enough, four major rivers do indeed originate near Kailash, the Indus, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Karnali and the Sutlej. Tibetans believe that it is the residence of Demchog, a fierce looking tantric deity who lives there with his consort, Dorje Phagmo. For the Tibetans also, it is a particularly special place in that their poet saint Milarepa, spent several years here meditating in a cave.
For the Hindus Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, their spritual centre of the universe, described as a fantastic 'world pillar' 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heavens. On the top lives their most revered God, Shiva, and his consort Parvati. For the Jains, an Indian religious group, Kailash is the site where their first prophet achieved enlightenment. For the older, more ancient religion of Bon, it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have descended from heaven. It was formerly the spiritual centre of Zhang Zung, the ancient Bon Empire that once included all of western Tibet. Bon people walk around the mountain in a counter clockwise manner, unlike the other religions. Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves of sin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks.
Mt. Kailash lies in the south-western part of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. At 6714m, Mt. Kailash is the highest peak in the Kailash Range of the Himalayas. It is separated from the Great Himalayas chain by a trough that is drained in the north-west by the Sutlej River and in the south-east by the Yarlung Zangbo River. Mt. Kailash, which has religious significance for both Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists, is an important pilgrimage site.
The great Lake Mansarovar is situated in the south-west corner of Tibet and in the north-west of Nepal. It is beyond high Himalayas which borders Nepal and China. Tibetan plateau in itself is unique in its geographic make-up with its fauna and flora and mythical set-up of ecosystem. The lake is 20 km from Mt. Kailash and is one of the most beautiful and sacred lakes in Asia. It can be circumambulated in 4/5 days and looks like a gem of cobalt blue color. But during storm, it can turn into a churning black sometimes
How to Get there?
Nepal is considered as the best entry point to Mt. Kailash/ Mansarovar lake. Most of the western travelers go through Nepal. High Himalaya Society Treks & Expedition arranges all the travel formalities including visa to our clients bound for Tibet.
Recommended Clothing and Equipment List
Sleeping bag (down with inside extra cover), jacket (down) / polar fleece, with rain and water proofed, thermal underwear, wind/ rain proof trousers, woolen and sun hats, scarves (muffler), woolen or cotton socks, gloves, trekking boots, sun/snow glassed, towel, t-shirt/s, sunscreen lotion, flash light with extra bulbs and batteries, sandals, water bottles, day pack (for your day time necessities), kit or duffel bag (to keep your personal belongings) first aid box/ personal medicine walking stick. And some snacks for the way.
High Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness can be a serious problem if the clients do not take care of it on time. It can affect anyone regardless of age or fitness. It sometimes occurs while passing above 1800 meters high altitude. The symptom of altitude sickness is headache, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, irritation, nausea, sleeplessness, irregular breathing and swelling. The only way to cure the sickness is to descend down as quick as possible. A descent of 1000 meters normally brings about rapid recovery. We have planned our itineraries carefully to ensure proper acclimatization. So any one who sees the symptom of mountain sickness should immediately inform our tour leader, you should not ignore it.
- Day to Day Itinerary
- Services Info
Day 01: Fly from Calcutta to Kathmandu (1300
Welcome at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in and stay overnight. 5 star standrad hotel.
Day 02: After Breakfast visit Hindus Temple, stupas around Kathmandu and after lunch briefing about the Kailash Trip, and time for personal shopping. 5 star standrad hotel.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam 3750 m (150 km)
After early breakfast we drive through Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel and reach Friendship Bridge (i.e. Nepal-China border). From here we walk for about 10 minutes to cross Friendship Bridge and meet our Tibetan guide and land cruiser drivers. After all the immigration and custom formalities at the Chinese check post here, our journey continues for another 35 km which can take almost 3 hours through the up-winding road to Nyalam with beautiful scenery. Then, you will be transferred to the guest house in Nyalam (3700m). The facilities of the guesthouse are very simple and basic. We stay free and spend overnight here. Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Day 04: Nyalam – day free for acclimatization.
Today is free for acclimatization. We will be going for short trek which is in preparation for Kailash Parikrama and it helps us to acclimatize fast. Overnight stay at guest house.Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 05: Nyalam – Saga 4450 m (240 km) (passing through Lalung-La 5050 m) (6-7 hrs)
Early breakfast and drive to Saga. First long drive over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keeping you busy. Today you will be passing through the first highest pass Lalung-La 5050m. Stop and stay for about 10 minutes at Lalung-La and experience how you feel at an altitude of 5050 m. You can see the superb view of Gaurishankar, Shishapangma to Langtang Himal. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peigutso Lake (4400m). We will be crossing River Brahmaputra (Tibetan name “Yarling Tsangpo”) to reach Saga (4640m). Overnight stay at guest house. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 06: Saga – Paryang 4600 m. (185 km)
After breakfast drive to Paryang. Passing through many villages and camps of yak herders. Far south you can see snow- capped mountain peaks. Most of the time you will be driving on plains, hence a comfortable drive. Arrive in Paryang and enjoy hot tea. Overnight stay at guest house. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 07: Paryang – Mansarovar 4558 m (277 km)
Early breakfast and get ready for longest driving day. Late afternoon you can have first view of Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Hore – a small village is situated near Holy Mansarovar Lake. Holy Mansarovar (14950 ft/4558m) – the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rakshash are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Chui Gompa. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 08: Mansarovar – Tarchen (40 km)
Holy Mansarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning bath and puja we will be heading for Holy Mansarovar Parikrama by landcruiser with packed lunch and continue drive towards Tarchen (Darchen). If time permits, we visit Chui Gompa. Tarchen is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash Parikrama. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 09: Tarchen – Tarboche (13 km drive) – Dirapuk (4860 m.) (7 km trek / 5 – 6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Tarboche – starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as outer “Asthapath”. It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be kept on appearing. For 7 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10: Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk (4760 m) (18 km trek / 9-10 km) (passing through Dolma-la pass 5,200 m)
Today you will be climbing to Drolma-la (Dolma-La 18600 ft) and than descending gradually to Zuthulpuk (4760m). Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass.Today is the most difficult day of the trek. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget in eternity. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By late afternoon you will arrive in Zuthulpuk (the cave of Miracles, the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have preformed miracles here).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11: Zuthulpuk – Tarchen (Darchen) (10 km / 4-5 hrs) – Mansarovar (end of Kailash Kora)
Morning free time to explore the caves, temples and shrine around Milarepa cave. After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting for your arrival. By late afternoon you will be at your lodge/camp near Mansarovar Lake. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12: Drive Mansarovar to Dongba
After breakfast at the guest house, begin your 8-hour 366 km drive back to Dongba. On arrival, check in at the guest house for dinner and overnight stay in Dongba.
Day 13: Drive Dongba to Nyalam
After breakfast at the guest house, drive back to Nyalam. The 8-hour journey takes you through 376 km of spectacular Himalayan landscape. On arrival, check in at the guest house for dinner and overnight stay in Nyalam.
Day 14: Drive Nyalam to Kathmandu
After an early morning breakfast takes a 1½-hour drive to Zhangmu (26 km from Nyalam). On arrival in Kodari Border, complete the immigration formalities to cross the Friendship Bridge on foot. On the other end, board the jeep for a drive back to Kathmandu. On arrival, check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight rest. 5 star standrad hotel.
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu to Calcutta.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to board the flight for your home country or to continue your onward destination
Trip Booking Conditions
- 2 months in advance
- non refundable deposit (Real Adventure Nepal)
- copy of passport with minimum validity of 6 months and recent photographs
- Fit to travel on high altitude (Doctor’s recommendation letter is highly appreciable)Fixed date/ date of Kathmandu arrival departure
- Indian passport holders: Original passport to be sent to Delhi 2 weeks earlier (based on Kathmandu arrival date) and we will hand over it either in Kathmandu or send back to your address once visa is issued. For Indian passport holders travelling to Kathmandu is easier. Just carry your election card or valid ID issued from Government of India
- No canclation! Once, visa approvals are issued to travel to Tibet, full payment will be collected on any type of cancelations
- Please buy/book refundable-transferable air tickets to be sure with High Himalayan trips and its sensitiveness
- Yatris will be travelling on a single group, any additional cost that comes because of separation from main group/ outlines will be collected individually
- Airport pick up & Drop
- 3 night’s accommodation in Kathmandu in 5 star hotel twin sharing room with all meals.
- One day guided tour in Kathmandu.
- 11 night’s accommodations in Tibet on group sharing basis using best hotels.
- Freshly cooked vegetarian meals 3 times a day and 3 Mineral Bottles of Water per day per person.
- Supporting crew (guide, helper/ supporter) including our own cooks.
- Permits for Manasarovar and Kailash Kora (round).
- Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
- Transportation by 4500 Land cruisers (4 people each) – Tibet part & Non AC buses - Nepal side
- Kailash Permit entrance fee,
- All equipments for camping
- Tents, mattress, dinning tent, kitchen tent, kitchen utensils, etc
- Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket on Returnable basis.
- Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments)
- Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator with each group
- ENOUGH Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making round of Mt.
- Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak etc.
- Extra days stay at Kathmandu / any other place.
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of tour, landslide & other uneventful event the extra charge for porters and transportation should be borne by you at the spot.
Indian Rupees: 75, 000 (For Indian People)
US $1990.00 (For foreign Passport holder)
Cost is based on per person-Kathmandu-> Kailash <- Kathmandu
Minimum group size: 25 yatri for Indian Passport holder
Minimum group Size: 10 pax for other nationalities
(Note: if you have less than this number of person please write us mail i will try to join you with other group)